Parents Abandon Children to the InternetAdded: Thursday, October 4th, 2012
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Despite the fact that parents admit they are worried about the influence the Internet may have on their kids, the recent report issued by McAfee says that a lot of 5-year-olds already own or use Internet enabled electronic devices.
The study in question surveyed two thousand parents of kids between 5 and 15 years old. 60% of the respondents regularly let their children go to the Internet without their supervision. The results of the survey reveal that 25% of kids aged 5 have been left alone at the computer with Internet access, as well as 40% of 6-year-olds. More than 50% of 7-year-olds were also said to be left to their PCs.
In the meantime, the research found out that around 17% of parents were shocked to find their kids on inappropriate portals like those containing adult content, information about eating disorders, as well as on social networks. 14% of kids under 10 have admitted in a conversation with their parents that they accidentally ended up on pornographic images.
According to McAfee report, most of the parents agree that the worldwide web poses a threat, the bigger one than 5 years ago. Although having worries about the material available on the Internet, 50% of the surveyed adults didn’t bother to do anything to protect their children from this threat. Moreover, around 30% of respondents told McAfee that it’s the media’s responsibility to not let their children end up on porno sites.
Of course, it’s easy to imagine a teenager figuring out an iPad effortlessly, but the industry still takes such results with a pinch of salt. The matter is that with such kind of study it is very easy to make sure the results match the agenda, especially given the fact that McAfee offers everyone the Family Protection suite of software.
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Thursday, October 4th, 2012
|posted by (2012-10-04 19:44:53)|
|This is exactly why parents (before they become parents) should be required to get a license before having kids. There is NO one to blame but bad parenting for bad kids; not athletes, role models, tv, etc.. Just bad parents. There are a ton of devices and software to monitor what your kid is watching or surfing, if you can afford the tv/computer you can afford the other. I love Family Guy, but I would never let my 6year old watch even it being a cartoon. Enough Said!|
|+1 to dfresh for his comment and another +1 to dfresh for that sexy ass avatar. O' Canada. O' Canada. 8D|
To extend on what dfresh stated about child monitoring tools - they're free. They come pre-installed with just about any electronic device out there, but most parents are too technologically inapt to use it. I for one have MTV, BET, and Disney channels blocked. Not because of my son, but also for my own sanity. 8P
|posted by (2012-10-04 21:23:16)|
|to trialNerror, Your right (forgot about that) alot of the monitoring software/devices are free or come w/ the tuner/tv. I'm w/ you on blocking MTV,BET,Disney for my sanity too!! Thanks for the props!|
|Parental censorship is not always the answer, but parental guidance.I taught my son how to use a computer age 4 and he is currently 15 and top in math and ICT at school,he is well informed and uses the PC for game playing and development with an aim to go onto university to learn programming,he likes to game and has cadres with his friends at no time have I stunted his development in using the PC by blocking any sites since he would just unblock the site or use one of the many others not controlled by parental guidance or get the same programs through other unblocked sites.If you need to rely on key loggers or other administrative controls to oversee your childs use of the computer you are doing it wrong to start with as by blocking sites you lead the child to want to see what he is missing on said sites,better to educate them as to the type of people who use blacklisted sites and teach them PC security that way if they stumble onto a dodgy site they google another site and avoid going there again.|
|posted by (2012-10-05 00:46:37)|
|Hell, Mcafee will disable your internet connection altogether, whether you want it or not! Problem solved!|
|ps,you may block the Disney channel and mtv through your tv but they are freely available through project tv links and using video download helper they can peruse 100`s of porn channels hosted on 100`s of servers,if you deny them it they will find a way to get to it,where there is a will there is a way.|
|posted by (2012-10-05 02:29:46)|
|LMAO @ parental license. That is NEVER going to happen.|
|posted by (2012-10-05 03:18:16)|
|LOL 5 year olds? give me a break, there barley in kindergarten @ that age. but stands to reason, this coming from McAfee LOL.|
|hi every1 this is bad child are already doin this shit whoe theres only 1 thing i can say my 8 year old never aloud on the internet as i dont let her use it and all my lil girl does is watch cartoon all day and have a lauht with mommy and daddy well in my appinion its the pearents fault there should knw better and perents should knw wat the wourl wide wed is like.....|
|thnx for the article........i have a 4 yr old niece who lives with us and she is just starting to use the internet for some of the games they have that she plays. she is moslty left on her own when she is on it. although she only knows how to click on the link to her games site on here i could see her in a few years being smart enough to navigate around to some sites she probaly shouldnt be at......thats what all those monitoring programs are for though|
|posted by (2012-10-05 17:21:59)|
|@ Embolism, I must agree, where there is a will there is a way. So I couldn't agree w/ you anymore. Kids are great at getting around parental guarding, (think about what we did as kids and got away with).|
As far as the license to be a parent. I work in a trauma center and have actually taken care of patients (kids) that were placed in the fridge, because the parent though that was the best way to take down the kid's fever!!. You work in a hospital you see how bad parents could be. So what do we do guys/girls??? I like empoweredboss1985 comments. I have a 10 year old girl, but only allow her on the www when I'm there, but what do you do when they goto a friends house, library, really anywhere nowadays. Alot of good comments here by everyone!!
|posted by (2012-10-05 18:44:30)|
|Story of SaM's life apparently.|
|posted by (2012-10-05 18:44:31)|
|If we want a decent society I think its imperative parents monitor their kids, especially on the net where many things are simply a few clicks away, and teach them what is acceptable and what isn't. I believe in censorship for kids. Without this background they will accept lots of things they see as 'normal'.|
|i did the same thing with my son embolism..started him with his own PC when he was 4 now hes 15 and is in advanced college math courses and is insanely smart and his vocabulary is shocking except he trolls irl all the time...as far as monitoring him i had installed a keylogger program that emailed me a list of websites visited from his pc but i stopped monitoring him around age 13 ..now hes just a big math nerd with more porn than me!|
|@Embolism I have a thirteen year old son who I have brought up in similar surroundings to your description and he is also top in math and ICT (two grades higher than same age group)at school.|
He has had access to internet pc, games I have never stopped him exploring what ever he wants any sites no restrictions any game.
If you restrict things you will ask for trouble (curiosity killed the cat)much better to be open and explain things to your children let them have an opinion and there own mind.
Just be there for them;)
|As an 18 year old, I grew up around the time when the internet was really becoming popular, I was never restricted much as a child to what I could go on, this wasn't for lack of trying on my parents part, when I was around 10, I had parental controls installed, was easy enough to get around, even back than|
These days there are tones of ways children can access things parents may not want them too, as others have said, if they want to, they will find a way, schools spend thousands on software to keep students off things like adult content and games, used to take us about 10mins to find a new game site soon as our old 1 was blocked
The best way to raise children about computers and the dangers of the internet, is to talk to them about it, just don't try to restrict them or sit there watching
|I must agree with most of the comments posted here. I have a 5-year-old child who is very much capable of how to get around if I restrict certain websites. The way I went was initially is to sit down and point out the real dangers of Pedophiles and extremely dangerous people and groups whose main aim in life is to corrupt manipulate and even destroy families. Unfortunately kids no matter what shape or form of background they come from are gullible and it is our responsibility as parents to show them why it is very dangerous and what the most unfortunate outcome has been for many thousands of teenagers and younger kids who have fallen into their criminal and disgusting, manipulative, and criminal webs of deceit. I just wish there was a prerequisite license for every one on how to become good parents, but this is the real world and it is 100% down to us. What we see today falls in to two categories... The first part and the most important part are the "parents" what they teach their kids from what is right to wrong is what they inevitably become.. secondly the teachers the schools which educate our kids have a massive responsibility, Our children are their most of the times hence it is their duty to correct and educate them so. I apologize to any one who ever so reads this, my grammar and spelling is in need of an immediate facelift ..So please accept my apologies for the lack of knowledge in this department.. Cheers (PEACE TO ALL MANKIND)|
|ok, so 2 years ago (give or take) all the parents in India got together and said let's abandon our children on ET. Thanks! Now we know who to blame.... lol|
|posted by (2012-10-10 17:47:09)|
|Hit the nail on the head AHumanBeing. It needs an adult wise to the games and aims of certain subsets to overview the kids. I remember even when my nephew got a tshirt with his name on it. I said in front of his parents "Remember if anyone says your name and they are a friend of your mum and dad and they sent them to collect you in their car..just remember you have your name printed on your tshirt". His parents looked at each other shocked as they realised what a simple thing like a tshirt could be used for. And that is a rather straight forward eg. The web is a serious web of deceit for some.||
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